Punisher: War Zone
Continuing his crusade to punish violent criminals in America, former FBI agent Frank Castle arrives in New York to take on a scarred villain who plots to take control of the underworld.
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Violent vigilante comic book story is gory, grim stuff.
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Rotten: Does it have to be so witless, so stupid, so openly contemptuous of the very audience it(TM)s supposed to be pandering to?
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, December 5, 2008
Rotten: This is purely gutter, fanboy, Cheez Whiz cinema, but Alexander delivers the goods.
- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, December 5, 2008
Rotten: You couldn't call it shoddy, exactly, and the actors take it painfully seriously; it's just dispiriting to see all this endeavour in the service of something so humourless and disgusting.
- Andrew Pulver, Guardian [UK], Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wait a minute, the original Punisher was a cheesy 80's action film that had little to do with the comics, the remake had a big name cast but a terrible story and again, had little to do with the comic. Punisher:War Zone, the sequel to the remake should be worst of all right? Well, it's not. Not at all in fact. It's got the story right, it's got the feel right. Ray Stevenson is a believable Frank Castle. Wayne Knight looks just like Microchip! (It's also great to see him in film again). Dash Mihok is Martin Soap, Doug Hutchison is great as Loony Bin Jim but it is Dominic West who steals the show as Jigsaw. He relishes the the opportunity and the freedom that wearing a mask can give you. The film is action packed and quite violent and gory, just like the comics. It's a pretty good adaptation and I'm sure hard core fans must be happy. I thought it ticked all the boxes for what it is and then some. More please.
- SirPant, Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Shockingly, Punisher War Zone wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. The plot was somewhat weak (it went to shit in the last act), the violence was ridiculously over-the-top (entertaining, too) and overall, there were just some aspects of this movie that were downright laughable and embarrassing. Especially the soundtrack. For all of Punisher War Zone's imperfections, I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel. Ray Stevenson was surprisingly good in the main role, the direction was pretty good and the overall mood from what I remember of the comic books seemed to make it to the screen. Or maybe it's just that the 2004 version of The Punisher was just so awful that this one just doesn't seem that bad.
- mjgildea, Sunday, July 4, 2010